Colby dominates Plymouth State 16-5 for coach Karen MacCrate's 200th win
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby seniors Sarah Lux, Katie Griffin, and Alex Mintz combined for nine goals and five assists to help the Mules to a 16-5 victory against Plymouth State in an NCAA Division III tournament second-round game at Bill Alfond Field on Saturday.
Colby will take on Williams College in a third round game next Saturday at Cortland State. The Mules fell 10-9 in double overtime to Williams earlier this year in a game they gave up three goals in the final minutes of regulation to let the Ephs send the game to overtime. Plymouth State finished its season at 12-5.
Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning won her 200th career game and has a 200-53 overall record. She is 97-32 at Colby in seven years and had a 103-21 mark at LIU Post.
With leading goal scorer Lindsey McKenna out due to injury and on a day when NESCAC Player of the Year Katharine Eddy had just one point, the Mules received big games from Lux (3 goals, 3 assists), Griffin (4 goals), and Mintz (2 goals, 2 assists).
The Mules also received a big game defensively from another senior -- Kirsten Karis. She had four caused turnovers, five ground balls, and one draw control.
Plymouth State came out and stayed with the 11th-ranked Mules for the opening 10 minutes by playing at a slow pace on offense. The Mules scored first when Griffin tallied on a free-position shot, but the Panthers got a goal from Emily Tilton off a pass from Molly Gleason with 22:17 to play to tie the game.
Mintz put the Mules ahead for good with 19:01 remaining in the first half from Lux to start a 6-0 scoring run to end the half. Griffin scored again with 14:14 to go from Mintz and then added two more free-position scores with 9:03 and 7:25 to the break. Lux scored just 24 seconds after Griffin's fourth goal of the game and Sara Miller added the final goal of the half from Lindsay McCabe for a 7-1 margin.
The Mules made it an 8-0 scoring run with the opening two goals of the second half from Miller on a free-position shot and Lux from Mintz.
After a goal by Plymouth State's Amy MacDonald with 23:38 to play made it 9-2, Dana Swaffield scored on another free-position shot after she had to enter the game after Mintz was shook up and left briefly after a hard foul. McCable made it 11-2 from Lux with 20:28 to go.
The Panthers cut the margin to 11-4 on back-to-back unassisted goals from Caroline Vonachen and Amy MacDonald.
The Mules, though, went on a 4-0 scoring run to thwart any comeback attempt. Lux scored from Eddy with 16:26 to play, McCabe got a goal off the third assist from Lux, Mintz scored Colby's sixth free-position shot with 11:07 to play, and Gemma Bready tallied from Celeste Murtha with 10:01 remaining.
The Panthers got a second goal from Vonachen with 7:35 remaining. Swaffield scored the final goal of the game for Colby with 25.6 seconds to play.
Colby goalies Michelle Burt, Claire Dickson, and Sarah Evans all played and combined for three saves. The Mules had a 45-8 advantage in shots.
The Panthers' Lorin Field made 12 saves and had three ground balls in about 47 minutes of play. Casey Curran stopped four shots in about 13 minutes.
Eddy added four draw controls and two caused turnovers to go with her one assist. Abby Hatch also had four draw controls and scooped two ground balls. Emilie Klein had three draw controls.
Megan Lunetta had two caused turnovers, one draw control, and one ground ball. MacDonald added two draw controls.